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Oct. 20 — Banquet at Alaqua


Oct. 20 - Banquet at Alaqua

Enjoy a lovely reception, dinner and program with Friends of the Wekiva River at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes from 6 to 9 p.m. Keynote speaker Holly Greening, executive director of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, will talk about working together to restore and protect ecosystems. Delicious buffet. Cash bar. Business-style attire. Please reserve in advance. $30 per person. Checks made out to Friends of the Wekiva River. Mailed to FOWR, PO Box 536815, Orlando, FL 32853. Or email -- send your name and number in your party and pay through PayPal on our website. For questions, please call 407-788-2619. The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes is located at 1700 Alaqua Lakes Blvd, Longwood, Florida 32779

Fire in Wekiva – Oct. 15



Fire brings life to Wekiva. On Oct. 15, you can see first hand the results on a beautiful tram ride guided by expert ecologists and biologists who use controlled burns to keep Wekiva's more than 40,000 acres healthy.
Meet at the Sand Lake parking lot in Wekiwa Springs State Park at 8:30 a.m. From there, we will take a park-provided tram on a course through flatwoods, hammocks and sandhills. Experts will show you recent and older burn sites and the wonders that result. In the fall, Wekiva's sandhills are usually flush with the showy flowers of native plants that are adapted to frequent fire.
We won’t hike too far on this trip, but wear comfortable clothing and bring water and any snacks or personal items you ...may need while you are in the far reaches of the park for 3 hours. We will be back to the parking lot before noon.
This is part of our Wekiva Wilderness series of six three-hour events including a night hike, canoe ride and multiple day field trips to experience wildlife, see how fire fuels life in the forest, recognize different kinds of frogs, count birds and understand our springs and unique habitats, plus much more. Attend one, some or all of the classes. $25 each. $100 for all. To see the schedule, more info and to register, visit or email FriendsWekivaRiver@gmail. Or call 407-788-2619 for general info about the classes. For specific information about the fire class, email

August 19, 2017 – Wetland Ecology Field Course



The Friends of the Wekiva River is offering a new way to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the Wekiva Basin. This new opportunity will consist of six lessons over the next year. It will encompass various aspects of the unique ecology of the Wekiva system including a focus on springs, the river and its tributaries, unique wildlife and unique habitats. These field classes will consist of an approximately three-hour trip during all four seasons of the year. Wildlife Ecologist, Jay Exum, Ph.D., will  be the instructor.

Explore the frog diversity of Seminole State Forest (SSF) on a night walk. During rainy season the isolated wetlands of SSF become alive with the breeding activities of up to 10 species of frogs. Learn about frogs, their required habitats, and how to identify.

The second class, Spring Ecology, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday August 19, 2017 at Seminole State Forest. Cost for the full course is $100.00 or $25.00 for individual classes. Preregistration is required. Space is limited.  Call 407-788-2619 for more information.

Meet: 7:00 p.m. at the Bear Lake Trailhead at the parking lot about 1/4 mile north of State Road 46 (the road to the trailhead is about ½ mile from the Wekiva River)
Entrance fee: $2.00/person

Sept. 12 – Special Event: Troubled Waters


Sept. 12 - Special Event: Troubled Waters

Learn more about the pollution problems that threaten the future of Florida’s waterways and how you can be part of the solution.

The film “Troubled Waters” will be shown 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center at Valencia College East Campus on September 12. The film was produced by St. Johns Riverkeeper, who is co-sponsoring the event along with the League of Women Voters Orange County, Friends of the Wekiva River, and the Valencia Earth Studies Association. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine, St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman, and Prof. James C. Adamski. The event is free and open to the general public. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

March 2018 – Wekiva Revealed CampOut


March 2018 - Wekiva Revealed CampOut

Stay a weekend at Wekiwa Springs State Park in cabins and be treated to a host of activities — night hikes, nature photography, campfires, guided canoeing and birdwatching. Learn the secrets of the springs and what plants you can eat for survival. All activities, cabins and food included for one bargain price. Call 407-788-2619 or email  Download this form to register:  [NEED TO ADD DOWNLOAD FORM]   Flyer: [NEED TO ADD FLYER]  Activity Details: [NEED TO ADD ACTIVITIES LIST]

CampOut Registration and Payment DEADLINE November 1st.